MILBRIDGE — “We’re still out here,” Maine Marine Patrol Sgt. Jay Carroll said Thursday afternoon as he and many others searched the waters around Bois Bubert Island for a missing Milbridge man. “But there is nothing new to report,” he added.
Jack Jellison, 43, and his brother Alton Jellison, 44, were reported overdue Wednesday from a weekend getaway to the island, and when marine patrol officers arrived at the island Wednesday morning they discovered the body of Jack Jellison.
The search for Alton Jellison will resume this morning. The Maine State Police and marine patrol dive teams will be at the scene using side-scan sonar to attempt to locate the body.
The men’s capsized skiff was found in the surf at the island, Bois Bubert, which locally is called “BoBear.”
Lt. Alan Talbot said Wednesday that the men had gone to the area in a larger boat and were using the skiff to get to the island. Talbot said it is unknown whether the men went into the water when they arrived or when they were leaving.
The search on both days included the U.S. Coast Guard, marine patrol, Maine Warden Service and local fishermen and divers.
On Thursday, the Coast Guard used a 27-foot rescue boat and a 25-foot boat out of Jonesport in shifts, and a Maine warden’s plane circled above. The marine patrol had two boats searching the area while wardens searched the shoreline.
The capsized skiff was found in the island’s surf line, according to Coast Guard Chief Duty Officer Robert Albert, and Jack Jellison’s body was found in the water near the shoreline of a cove on the island’s southeast shore. Albert said the water temperature Wednesday was 41 degrees. Neither man was wearing a life vest or sur-vival suit.
A Facebook page, created Wednesday, illustrated Down East residents’ sentiments about the tragedy.
By Thursday afternoon, nearly 400 people had expressed their grief on the site titled “R.I.P Jack and Alton Jellison.”
Among the comments:
“They were truly wonderful men and will be sadly missed.”
“Fishing won’t be the same.”
“Words can’t explain my heartfelt sorrow … another life, another classmate, another father, another brother, another son.”
Condolences and prayers also were offered to Jack Jellison’s wife and four children and to the brothers’ parents.